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Joe Manganiello's super sexy slow jams

The True Blood actor and La Bare director on his favourite songs to spark romance.

The True Blood actor and La Bare director on his favourite songs to spark romance

'As soon as you hear and feel that vibrating hum underneath, the fun-loving tone of the original is taken in a completely different direction: moody and sexy and dark.' — Joe Manganiello on Mr. Little Jeans' cover of 'The Suburbs.' (Getty Images)

This piece was originally published on CBC Music in 2014.

You may know his face (and body) best as the oft-shirtless werewolf Alcide on True Blood, or as the oft-shirtless stripper who throws his back out in the hit movie Magic Mike, but Joe Manganiello is more than just a dude who's oft-shirtless. He's also a filmmaker — a filmmaker who happens to have great taste in sexy music.

Manganiello's new documentary, La Bare, takes him deep inside the oft-shirtless (and pants-less) world of male strippers in the famed Dallas joint of the same name.

The doc makes its Canadian premiere in Vancouver at the Rio Theatre on May 8, and Manganiello was game to provide CBC Music with his personal playlist of the five sexiest slow jams. On the list? A cover of an Arcade Fire song and Toronto's very own the Weeknd, so at least consider our national pride seduced.

Scroll down to get the scoop on why each song gets Manganiello in the mood


'The Suburbs,' Mr. Little Jeans

"As soon as you hear and feel that vibrating hum underneath, the fun-loving tone of the original is taken in a completely different direction: moody and sexy and dark. That, combined with the substitution of the female vocalist, makes this one of my favourite covers of all time and one of the sexiest tracks I've ever heard."


'Lay Your Cards Out,' Poliça

"By far my favourite band of the last few years. So much so that they were the first band I reached out to for the La Bare soundtrack. Channy [Leaneagh]'s voice is both sexy and haunting. I listened to nothing but this track for weeks on end when I first heard it and haven't stopped."


'You Once Told Me,' Andain

"I first heard this track in Puerto Rico while filming there in 2008. I've played it hundreds of times since and it's still just as sexy with every play. I love music that can take me somewhere away from reality. 'You Once Told Me' makes me want to leave this world behind and live inside the song forever."


'Wicked Games,' the Weeknd

"Raw, just raw. Abel has such a way with words, man. If you don't get all riled up listening to this track, there's no help for you." 


'Back to Back,' Wolf Gang

"This is the song you play for 'the girl' at that precise right moment because every once in a while, a song comes along and says it better than you ever could. I was an instant fan of Max [McElligott] as soon as I heard this track. The guy just has 'it' oozing out of every pore, and he was cool enough to lend me the original version of 'Back to Back' for the La Bare soundtrack."

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